Last month’s warm temperatures and clear skies were no joke.
Not only that but according to Environment Canada, rainfall in British Columbia reached near-record lows.
Weather stations in Victoria, Comox, and Fort St. John saw the lowest precipitation ever recorded.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) April 1, 2019
“Over the month of March, Victoria saw 11.3 mm of rainfall,” says Carmen Hartt, Meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. “That’s 14% of the historical average (78.4 mm), which dates back to 1941.”
For areas like Abbotsford and Vancouver, March 2019 ranked as one of the top five driest months since 1937.
Vancouver’s weather station, which is located near the YVR Airport, saw 31.7 mm of precipitation – the historical norm is 113.9 mm.
Don’t expect the dry streak to continue though – British Columbia could be seeing rainfall start as early as Tuesday evening.
“It actually looks like we’re getting a rainy pattern tonight,” says Hartt. “We could see more precipitation in the next week than we had in all of March.”
“We’ll see some periods of heavy rain on Friday and Saturday and a bit of wind,” she continued. “After the first week, it becomes a bit milder.”
Upon being asked about this year’s wildfire season, Hartt says it’s a little too early to tell.
“There are a few wildfires that have already begun,” she says. “They’re always a big issue – but it’s still a good idea to send a safety reminder.”